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Been focused on the local news the last three days. There are so many conflicting reports about the supposedly “fake” and “artificial” shortage of water here in Metro Manila. The Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has done some presscons and they are telling the people that it is because of the El Nino phenomenon. Though a former employee of  Manila Water said that the agency closed the bypass from the Angat Dam going to La Mesa Dam so Manila Water which supplies our needs can’t get enough of it. This was denied by one of the directors of MWSS, they are the government agency tasked to see that water supply in Metro Manila is enough for everyone.

Come to think of it, and it is puzzling. Angat Dam has enough water to last until the rainy season sets in. And all the dams here in Luzon have enough water except La Mesa Dam where the concessionaire Manila Water gets its supply. The government wants to push through with Kaliwa Dam which will be funded by China at exorbitant interest rates. The people are calling for transparency in dam and other China funded projects. I must say, the president loves China and is beholden to it at the expense of the Filipino people. Nakakasawa na. What has become of us that in three years, the drug problems have become even grievous and such other concerns are not being addressed properly? Drugs are cheaper than water? When one is focused on the mindset of “kill, kill, kill”, this is the result. He has even threatened the priests and the Catholic Church anew by telling people in his speech that priests deserve to die.

I took pictures of the garden blooms early this morning. summer is almost here and my annual and perennial plants are blooming.  The Zinnias I planted from seeds a few months ago are a bloom.

Zinnia

Two varieties of shrimp plants

I don’t want to upload them all here to save on space. Have a blessed weekend everyone!

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The past two days I really felt so lazy to blog so I updated our Catholic page at Facebook for the whole month of March.

When laziness creeps in, one is not so inclined to do anything except read, visit a few blog posts, look at  all  those sometimes so disgusting memes posted by Duterte trolls on legit sites at Facebook. I guess, until now, they feel happy sharing those fake and false news, editing legit photos and changing the concept they were written.  Although hundreds of fake sites were already taken down by Facebook, they still manage to enable their sites and share those lies.  Sometimes I can’t help but report and block even an individual who incites hate in his/her comments. Right now, it is Sara Duterte (daughter of the president) who doesn’t mince words and utter those ugly lies against the opposition. She is not running in any position and yet, she is so vocal defending those senatorial candidates who belong to her party. They are  afraid to accept those debate challenges by the opposition  specifically the Otso Diretso team.  I’d like to think, they don’t really have a good platform to present to the Filipino people. Sara is the one who said that honesty is not a requirement for a person to run in a government position. If this is the kind of truth that they believe in, I wonder where we would be if they win. Honesty is a basic requirement in any government. The Filipinos deserve as much.

And speaking of being lazy, I was still so lazy to cook lunch so the three of us, Josef, Jovy and I went to SM East Ortigas mall to have lunch at Max’s. We took Oreo with us although of course he is not allowed inside the restaurant so we stayed at the corridor of Max’s. We had adobo fried rice in a pot, pancit canton and fried chicken and tried their various dessert set in a platter.

We had him groomed yesterday. He is now sporting a summer look. My gosh, it really looks like it is summer here now, it’s a hot, hot weather.

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It was my first time to have lunch here, one of those new establishments at Ayala Triangle that serve good and sumptuous food.

It is always nice to bond with my daughter. She took these shots with her camera phone.

Banapple lunch with Nissa.

Banoffee pie for desserts….yum 🙂 Love the  chicken rolls with basil and house salad. The servings are large. Gonna come back here one of these days and try their other menu.

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Just updated my other blog and posted several shots of our garden in the province. It’s a one hectare lot planted with some fruit-bearing trees and ornamental plants. If you have time, you may visit my other blog, Gardens and Empty Spaces.

Before we left Pangasinan, my brother treated us to lunch at Maxine Restaurant and Inn By the Bay at Lucap, Alaminos City where the famous Hundred Islands is located. The last time I came here was also the last time  Nissa, Obet and I went home before they got married. We had a lovely lunch of  Alaminos longganisa, Sinigang Bangus Belly, Kare-Kare, Calamares and Chop Suey with Banana Boat Ice Cream for dessert. Took shots of the boats ferrying passengers to Hundred Islands.

An enlarged picture of the Lucap wharf fronting Hundred Islands. From the Maxine by the Sea website.

I guess this is all for that overnight  stay in our province.

 

 

 

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I woke up early yesterday morning despite having lack of sleep the previous night attending the wake of my aunt.

I hate seeing the fallen leaves in front of the house, atop  the  two parked cars of my brother and ours so I have to sweep while drinking a hot cup of coffee. Wandered around the place and took several shots of the flowers growing there together with the coconut trees and mahogany trees planted years ago by my Dad.  I will update how our garden looks now after several years of not seeing it (in my other blog of course).

An old well. We used to fetch water here when we were kids and until potable water was provided by the town several years ago.

 

Mahogany trees

 

Our coconut trees. We had fresh buko during breakfast. Fresh from the tree of course.

 

A pile of old and dried coconut leaves which one can make into brooms. I told my brother to hire someone to clean it.

Honestly, it is nice to go back there and commune with nature again even for a short time. I brought home some jackfruit.

Since we are in a higher place, it is cold at night and in the early morning.

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So how was your Valentine celebrations?  I deliberately didn’t blog yesterday because I was so excited to finish a book I’ve found by Danielle Steel. I seldom read a Steel book now except when I like the subject and the synopsis of the story. It was set in Norfolk, England. It was my 29th read actually  (15 books ahead of schedule).

I have just updated my gardening blog Gardens and Empty Spaces.

You might want to visit it. I uploaded several high res shots that I took of my garden blooms late this afternoon.  I don’t want to reduce them so I posted them all there.

Many thanks for visiting the site.

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He’s turning one year old tomorrow  and he has three puppy friends that he regularly meet at the park early evenings.  Based on Josef’s stories, I am amazed that he could crawl up and down the slide on his own. He is also friendly with the three puppies which are of different breed. Jovy is planning to bake a doggie cake for him and his friends and tomorrow, we gonna cook a little something to celebrate his birthday.

Since it was Jovy’s day off, we went to SM East Ortigas mall to have Oreo groomed. He is sporting a bear cut now. I love the smell of newly groomed puppies –  fur trimmed, teeth brushed, newly shampooed and toe nails trimmed too.  I bought him a new shirt and a new toy as birthday gifts.

Jovy says Oreo is an alpha male.  He always wants to be the leader, be at the front of the line.  When he is at home, he is like a baby.

One good thing about having pets is that they are stress-relievers.  They can make you smile and they can make you laugh and their love if I might say is unconditional.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, & they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”​- John Grogan

 

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